L/SFR Sneak Peek: EPA Announces Environmental Education Grants

April 12, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

(This article is excerpted from an upcoming issue of Thompson’s Local/State Funding Report. ) The Environmental Protection Agency is currently accepting applications for $1.9 million of funding for Environmental Education Grants.

The agency said it will award up to 20 grants between $15,000 and $100,000 for projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable students and teachers. Applications are due May 2.

Karen Scott, environmental education specialist with the EPA and program manager for Environmental Education Grants, said on a conference call that the program is “highly competitive.” Last year the program received 1,200 applications and chose to fund only 100 projects, she said. That figure reflects a general trend over the last few years of a 10 percent application acceptance rate.

The Environmental Education grants have been around for many years, Scott said, but some changes were implemented this year that will impact applicants. First, the management of the application and award processes will shift from headquarters to regional offices, she said. No grant applications will be accepted or reviewed at EPA headquarters and no grants will be issued from there, so all applications should be filed in the region where the proposed project would take place.

Stay tuned for other “Sneak Peeks” into upcoming stories from the Local/State Funding Report. Subscribers: check your next issue for more application information and tips about the EPA’s Environmental Education Grants.



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